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Williams, Adrian - clinical director, consultant sleep and respiratory physician


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adrian williams



Secretary tel: 020 7188 8937


Area of expertise: sleep  

  • Biography

    Adrian Williams has had a long interest in sleep medicine dating back to research into the sudden infant death syndrome conducted at Harvard University. Subsequently, he was appointed at UCLA and developed what was to become the largest sleep service within the Veterans Administration while at the same time co-directing the UCLA Sleep Disorders Centre. 

    He was one of the early clinicians boarded in sleep medicine and has published widely in that field including early contributions recognising that systemic hypertension could in part be related to obstructive sleep apnoea. 

    He has helped develop the Guy’s and St Thomas’ Sleep Disorders Centre into the most active in the UK. He is a founding member of the Sleep Section of the Royal Society of Medicine, is one of Europe’s few recognised somnologists, as well as having been awarded the UK’s first Chair in Sleep Medicine

  • Specialist interests

    • Sleep
    • Respiratory medicine
  • Awards

    • European Somnologist, 2013
    • Professor of Sleep Medicine, King's College London, 2008
    • UCLA Distinguished Teaching Award, 1993
    • Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (London), 1989
    • Teacher of the Year, West LA VA Medical Centre, 1979/80/81
    • Trotter Gold Medal in Surgery, 1968
    • Fellows Silver Medal in Medicine, 1966
  • Research interests

    Focused on sleep disturbances such as:

    • those in obesity (diaphragm function)
    • sleep apnoea (associated adverse outcomes such as hypertension, stroke, diabetic retinopathy)
    • movement disturbances (Parkinson's Disease, REM Sleep Behaviour Disorder; Restless Legs Syndrome)
    • narcolepsy
    • phase delay syndrome and genetic studies.